MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Aquifex - Orba & MatrixBrute MIDI workflow demo


"Demo and description of the workflow to play the MatrixBrute with an Artiphon Orba via Bluetooth, etc.
Dawless jammin'. :-)"

MIDI control charts for reference:

MEGAfm - My Noisy Dream Synth (No Talking)

True Cuckoo

"Hello. I just received the Mega FM. I love it, despite flaws. Here's a bunch of music and sounds. X Cuckoo"

MajorOSC Unlimited Series - Synth101 Episode 1: Envelopes

Major OSC


MajorOSC in now on Patreon! MajorOSC Unlimited gives you exclusive access to 1 hour+ weekly in-depth tutorials, multiple quick tips videos, free weekly presets for major hardware synths and vst's, and free custom samples! How does 1$ a week sound?"

Playing Shofar on Rosh Hashana and Modular Synthesizer Experiments

CatSynth TV

"Shana Tova! We present shofar, the traditional horn played on Rosh Hashana. We demonstrate the traditional shofar blasts: the Tekiah, Shevarim, and T'ruah. We then process them through several of our synthesizer modules for a unique (and unorthodox) experience. Modules used include the Strymon Magneto, Qubit Prism, and Buchla Red Panel 158 oscillator.

We wish you all a joyous and sweet new year, and please let us know if you have any thoughts or comments on this video.

0:10 Introduction
0:29 Rosh Hashana and the shofar
1:02 Demo of the ritual shofar blasts: tekiah, shevarim, and t'ruah
1:56 Experimenting with the shofar and modular synthesizer

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Kawai K5000R Advanced Additive Synthesis Rack SN 602005 w/ USB Drive

via auction

"Selling due to lack of use, I have the fantastic Kawai K5000R Advanced Additive Synthesiser, and this one is even more rare in having not only the ME-1 patch memory expansion... but also a USB floppy emulator allowing using standard FAT-format USB sticks to load/save, instead of old disks! It's one of the good emus, which can load/save directly to USB, instead of needing disk images. An entire 1000 folders per USB stick can be usable as virtual disks at any time; you just select one then read/write it."

Vintage Sequential Circuits Prophet Synthesizer Sequencer Owners/Service Manual

via this auction

Moog Sonic Six SN 1877

via this auction

"This thing works great. The speakers work and to my knowledge there are no issues with functionality. The only thing that doesn't work is the signal input. There are a few slider caps that have broken off but I saw replacements can be had for pretty cheap... The power cable is included as well as a rigged cable my synth tech made to plug into the Moog accessory port allowing for CV and Gate inputs, which greatly expands what this thing can do."

1980 MOOG Liberation Synth Keytar Owners Manual & Service Manual

via this auction

Introducing SUPERCRITICAL Neutron Flux 8 pole Variable Character Filter

Supercritical Synthesizers

"The new Supercritical “Neutron Flux” 8 Pole Variable Character Filter is a 12hp skiff friendly Eurorack filter module with a stereo analog core and digital control over it. The digital control allows the core to be shaped almost endlessly, taking on the character of almost any classic filter, and gives the filter the ability to explore sounds that have never been heard before.

The controls are familiar filter module controls (cutoff, bipolar FM, mode, drive) with some added spice and no complexity. The new features come in with these controls:

Character: This control blends between five vintage influenced classic filter characters: Fat, Crisp, Liquid, Sour and Mean. Coming later in a firmware update, the Neutron Flux will also have two user banks for more specialized filter characters which can be replaced via audio update.

Overdrive: You can switch on the drive circuit for a +20dB boost and have the drive pot sweep from clean via warm saturation to extremely hard distortion.

Stereo: This control spreads the cutoff between L and R channels and induces drift. This way a mono signal can be split into wide stereo.

Two 4 pole filter cores: These can be run in stereo, mono to stereo or chained as a 8 pole mono filter for almost LPG-like steep slope. Both of them have their own drive circuits so you can have the overdrive stage in the front, in between or both.

The module can be used in many different ways. It can do classic LP/HP/BP filtering. It can self-oscillate with different waveforms. It can provide analog warmth and it can process audio from your DAW. It can act as a stereo distortion. It can spread your mono signal to a wide spatial stereo soundscape. It can do formants and other wild characters. It can do audio-rate deep FM (1V/oct and FM CV’s are all analog). It can behave nicely or get out of control.

It can do almost anything that an analog filter could ever do. Combined in a single unit.

The filter is priced at €495 and will ship in October.

The circular logo is designed by Tomi Leppänen

This project is a part of R&D project funded by European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund."

Additional details and audio demos at

Dreadbox Hypnosis w/ Yamaha DX7 Synth + Time Based Effects

Perfect Circuit

"The Dreadbox Hypnosis has a design style that matches the Yamah DX7 so we thought the two would be perfect together! The Hypnosis is a multi effects unit with three time based effects and preset storage.

The first effect is an analog bucket brigade Chorus/Flanger modulated short delay effect. The second is a digital delay that has three modes: clean, BBD and tape. The last effect is a spring reverb which you can see in the window of the Hypnosis, lit up by pink light.

Read our Signal article for more information here:

Hypnosis available here:"

Gotharman Touch Control


"Is it the spazedrum in a black style ?

That will soon be revealed :)"

‘These Songs Are Obsolete’ - New EP From LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER


New EP from LMNC. Spot the MEGA DRONE/KiloDrone in the video above.

You can find the release here.

The press release:

‘These Songs Are Obsolete’ EP

Musician, producer and inventor Sam Battle, aka LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER returns today with his new EP ‘These Songs Are Obsolete’ and accompanying video for single ‘Waiting For The World To End’. He also announces his plans to open a museum before the end of 2020, ‘The Museum of Everything Else’ will be home to many of his creations along with other retro technology and musical inventions.

LMNC’s new EP features previous singles Desperado Vespa, Daydreamer, Stand And Deliver, and his last single Shock Horror alongside this new single and additional tracks Safety, Viva Forever and Stand and Deliver Excerpt.
Lead track Waiting For The World to End is an aptly titled focus track, a confrontational yet wildly catchy anthem for the current climate. It was written in 2019 and is accompanied by an incredible action movie style music video which LMNC co conceived with Johnny Goddard of Youth Hymns who directed it, and was shot during lock down in Ramsgate, England. The video see’s Sam trying to single handily save the world from a catastrophic event.
When asked about the EP, LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER says “These songs are obsolete is just talking about the constant progression in technology, leaving behind

so many bits of tech year by year that is still perfectly useable. I have a fascination with obsolete technology; it’s what I use in my daily life and I wrote and recorded these songs on obsolete tech, sort of trying to show that you don’t’ need the latest gizmo's to make and record music.”

He continues “I love obsolete tech so much I’m working on opening a museum filled with it, it’s going to be called The Museum of Everything Else which should be opening in late 2020, it will showcase many strange pieces of obsolete tech as well as machines I’ve built such as the furby organ and the Gameboy megamachine, it even has the latest machine that I built directly onto the wall of the museum last month called the KILODRONE, which is a 4 metre by 3 metre 1000 oscillator synthesizer, pretty sure it’s a world record!!” See the Kilodrone here.

LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER released his debut EP in 2018 and has been playing sold out live shows across the UK and Europe including a triumphant headline show at London’s XOYO. He’s been building up a massive online following since 2017 with his online inventions and has over 350,000 followers and over one hundred million views on YouTube alone.

These Songs Are Obsolete is available on vinyl from the official LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER online store, the vinyl includes additional tracks not featured on the digital release and comes with a download code for all the songs that feature on the vinyl. The full track listing for the physical release is:

Side A
Desperado Vespa Daydreamer
Stand and Deliver
Stand and Deliver Excerpt Waiting For The World to End Viva Forever

Side B
Shock Horror
Safety (live)
Daydreamer (instrumental) Shock Horror (instrumental) Desperado Vespa (instrumental)

Berglund Instruments - NuEVI Videos by BANANA Mr.


via @Kretek877, and the excellent discchord.

Playlist at the time of this post:
【紹介動画】Berglund Instruments - NuEVIとは①〜外観編〜
Berglund Instruments - NuEVI で「千年幻想郷 ~ History of the Moon」を吹いてみた【東方アレンジ】
Berglund Instruments NuEVI & Roland MC-101 demo
Berglund Instruments NuEVI & KORG Gadget demo
【番外編】NuEVIのくだらない使い方 Berglund Instruments NuEVI - KORG Gadget start/stop controlled

Introducing Concept | Synthesis in Motion

Krotos Audio

Missed this one from back in January.  New tweet via @WeAreNovation:

"Sound Collective community, this month's offer includes an exclusive 50% OFF discount code with which to buy @KrotosAudio's Full Concept plug-in. Fire

Discover Concept >>>

Log-in and claim your discount >>>"

Video description:

"Concept is an intuitive and creative soft-synth, that makes the process of creating your own patches fast and inspiring. Concept’s flexible synth engine will enable you to create everything from traditional synth sounds to more complex evolving textures and custom sound design elements.

A fresh approach to modulation allows any parameter to be mapped to one of four highly editable multi-mode modulators in the centre of Concept’s UI. Choose from a variety of flexible modulation options such as an Envelope/Pitch Follower, an X/Y Capture pad and the unique ‘Tweak It’ customisation system.

Concept also comes with an extensive selection of high-quality effects with a total of three simultaneous insert slots. A highlight of the effects suite is a mix ready convolution reverb that allows user IR files to be utilised to create unusual creative effects.

Buy / Demo:"

New Handmade Miniature Synths by ROLT

Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

See this post for the previous set.

Playlist for the above (remember you can use the player controls to skip around):
ROLAND JUNO 106 Synthesizer Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
YAMAHA CS-30 Synthesizer Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
YAMAHA EX-42 Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
YAMAHA EX-1 Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
ROLAND TR-808 Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
Oberheim OB-8 Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
KORG POLYSIX Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
YAMAHA DX7 Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
EMU EMULATOR I - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
OBERHEIM OBX - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
PPG WAVE 2 Synthesizer - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
Michel Geiss endorsement about my expo miniatures at Synthfest France 2019
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) endorsing my work.
ROLAND JUPITER 8 - Handmade miniature
EKO COMPUTER RHYTHM I - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
FENDER RHODES PIANO BASS - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale
6ª Expo Carlos Trilha


"The Polybrute... yes I am on a bit of Polybrute high at the moment. But it just sounds so sweet. Let me know what you think in the comments. And if there’s other videos you want to see about it."

BoBeats links:
►Patches & samples
►Circuit Patches:

How to Make Chill Electronic Music (Novation Circuit)

Gabe Miller Music

"I show you the general techniques and Novation Circuit specific tricks I like to use to make chill electronic music by walking you through a jam I created. Made with the Manitoba Cassette pack by Digiphex."

Ambient Melodies ~ 32 Channel Shift Register in ORCΛ


"I spent a few days tinkering in ORCA until I felt I had perfected the shift register with help from Echophon. This is an ambient piece using four eight channel shift-registers. Each shift register stack is controlling a value: NOTE, OCTAVE, VELOCITY, and GATE LENGTH.

Join the Discord!

ORCΛ tutorial here:

Find more on ORCA here:

Buy ORCA here:

From Hundredrabbits:
Orca is an esoteric programming language designed to quickly create procedural sequencers, in which every letter of the alphabet is an operation, where lowercase letters operate on bang, uppercase letters operate each frame.

This application is not a synthesizer, but a flexible livecoding environment capable of sending MIDI, OSC & UDP to your audio/visual interfaces, like Ableton, Renoise, VCV Rack or SuperCollider.

I designed an ORCA hoodie with Hundredrabbits (Devine) blessing. Check it out here:

If you want more and feel inspired to support me, please visit my Patreon page:"

Erica Synths Announces Black Quad VCA V2 Eurorack Module

"Erica Synths Black Quad VCA2 is a versatile four channel voltage controlled amplifier and mixer module for use in complex modular systems. Each channel has linear/logarithmic response selector and signal level indicator LED. All outputs are sequentially mixed and CV inputs are normalled to each other, so you can use the module in various configurations. If no CV is applied, the Black Quad VCA2 performs as a signal mixer, and the 4th channel is DC coupled for controlling CV sources, as well.

RRP: 200 (VAT excl.)

4 independent VCAs
Selectable lin/log response for each channel Manual CV bias and signal level adjustment
Sequential output mixing
Signal level indicator LEDs"

2020-09-12 孤独读书馆 @ Neo Bridge Hotel

Meng Qi

Curator : Stranger Orchestra
Camera : Haozi

NYMS Stream Eric Schlappi Live Set 09-17-2020


"My set from the New York Modular Society Off The Grid stream on 09-17-2020"

Wave folding demo : Qun synthesizer

Nunomo LLC

"V1.70 firmware will bring wave folding.
It will provide complicated wavefolding templates named Purple, Blue, Green and Red.
Basically, Qun's wave folding is strange x-y mapping which includes negative slopes.
Each wavefolding is carefully selected, you can apply it gently to agressive anywhere between.

It is useful to make agressive tones even from simple sine wave.
The module sits before VCF, so you can put any waveforms into it!"

Sequential Circuits Prelude Analog Synthesizer by Siel

via this auction

Nord Wave 2

via this auction

Curious if this is the only synth with a reference to download printed on the actual front panel graphics.

It also looks like the offspring of a Nord Wave and Nord Stage. It's a bit bulkier than the other Nord Waves.

Ciat-Lonbarde Deerhorn

via this auction

See this post for an introduction of the Deerhorn by Hainbach, and this post for a demo by the man himself, Peter Blasser.

Yamaha CS-50

via this auction

SOMA Lyra-8 // Eventide PitchFactor is the BEST companion


"I only own two pedals: the two you are seeing right now.
And I bought the Eventide PitchFactor immediately after the Lyra because I knew it would it be magic, and IT IS!
This time the BigSky is just a plain reverb, no fancy shimmer-y stuff, or it would get really messy between the drifting from the oscillators, the pitch tracking, and ANOTHER pitch tracking.
The real star today is the PitchFactor, in a very simple use case: transforming single notes into chords, but maybe mainly to play notes with a shorter attack/decay but still using the Lyra sound.
Ok, this video may be a bit basic, but I got completely lost playing it and I think that this is the real BEST companion for you Lyra-8, maybe paired with and Eventide Space, or why not: just buy an H9 😎

Roland M-SE1 String Ensemble 90's Strings Sound Module Preset Sounds #2


subtokyoshop on eBay | subtokyoshop on Reverb
"Roland M-SE1 String Ensemble 90's Strings Sound Module Preset Sounds #2

Preset 62 ~ 170

Recorded with Fostex Model 3180 Stereo Spring Reverb Unit
The sequences controlled and recorded by Ableton Push"

New ALM Pip Slope (mk II) - Overview - ALM028


"The ‘Pip Slope’ (mark II) is a compact envelope and function generator. It supports both Attack/Decay and Attack/Sustain/Decay type envelopes with both direct and voltage control of Attack and Decay times. Envelope shapes can be morphed between exponential, linear and logarithmic type slopes. Envelopes can be made to loop, repeating infinitely or decreasing with time or amplitude for echo and bouncing ball type effects. An ‘End of Cycle’ trigger output further extends the envelopes functionality for both clocking and burst type effects.

The mark II Pip Slope adds a number of new features and improvements over the original Pip Slope whilst remaining the same size. Improvements include increased output resolution, control of fast envelopes, shape control, 5 or 8v maximum envelope level, various loop modes and an additional trigger output."


Majella Audio

"We are testing and playing a lot with the IMPLEXUS and while doing so we play a lot of our favorite songs like Daft Punk - Da Funk. No need for an MS20 or TB303 anymore haha! :) "

Dreadbox Nyx v2 & Eventide Space


New Error Instruments LITHIUM & Sound Scaper Eurorack Modules

paul tas

sound scaper eurorack

Roland FANTOM Synthesizer Version 2.0 Update for FANTOM 6, FANTOM 7 & FANTOM 8


Update: loopop video [and press release] added below.

"FANTOM is a new kind of creative hub, where you can pull together all the sounds and inspiration around you into one music production environment. And it keeps growing and evolving with new sounds, features, and refinements based on customer feedback.

Building on the recent additions of multiple SuperNATURAL sound engines and a stunning 32-band stereo vocoder, FANTOM now takes another giant leap forward with version 2.0. The free update includes major enhancements to FANTOM’s sampling, sequencing, effects, and routing capabilities, and new ways to make FANTOM the center of your creative universe.

In this video, Mark Watson takes you through some of the new features of FANTOM v2.0. Use these links to jump ahead to learn more about the features that interest you most:

00:00 FANTOM Version 2.0 Overview
01:38 New Sampling Features
02:24 Sampling to Keyboard
03:17 Sampling Keyboard and Input
04:04 Sampling the Vocoder
05:13 Multisampling
07:55 New Sequencer Edit Tools
08:52: TFX (Total Effects) Processor
09:42 Pad Sampler Routing, Zoom Edit, More Output Routing
10:05 New Scene Chain Markers
10:20 Zone Advanced Control and Zone Transpose
11:27 Increased Aftertouch Sensitivity and Touchscreen Wallpaper

The sampling engine gets a radical overhaul in version 2.0, with the ability to sample directly to the keyboard or to build detailed multisamples up to 352 samples per tone. Keyboard samples and multisamples can be edited on board and used as the basis of any oscillator/partial in a ZEN-Core tone. With four oscillators per tone and up to 16 tones in a Scene, the sound design potential is mind-bending.

In addition to other audio routing enhancements, FANTOM’s master section now has a TFX (Total Effects) processor. Along with the already-equipped master compressor and EQ, the TFX processor can add any of its 90 effects to FANTOM’s master output. And now you can use effects on input, and even sample the result!

Sequencing continues to take advantage of FANTOM’s high-resolution touchscreen. You can now draw and edit automation using multiple gestures, and the new microscope mode lets you fine-tune each note to perfection.

Each of FANTOM’s 16 zones can already be assigned to an internal sound or an external input or software synthesizer. Now, each zone can be set to both for truly epic sounds! You can even transpose each zone independently and save the settings in a Scene.

And speaking of Scenes, you can now visualize your Scene Chains in a list and easily swap their places. You can even jump around your Scene Chain using handy markers.

Finally, version 2.0 lets you change the touchscreen background to match your mood or creative space.

If you’re a FANTOM owner, be sure to sign up for a free Roland Account. Using the latest version of Roland Cloud Manager software, you can download free SuperNATURAL acoustic and electric piano sound collections for your FANTOM and explore a huge variety of sound expansions for FANTOM and Roland Zen-Core instruments.

In addition, Roland Cloud offers a growing collection of Roland virtual instruments for use in modern workflows. Producer, beatmaker, gigging musician, or just getting started—you'll find something to inspire you. The original TR-808, classic JUNO-106, powerhouse JUPITER-8, and genre-defining TB-303 are all part of the 50-plus instrument collection. And Roland's legacy of innovation evolves yet again with the new ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, an advanced plug-in with deep sound design capabilities and seamless compatibility with your FANTOM and all ZEN-Core hardware instruments."

FANTOM Version 2 // Review and multi-sampling tutorial for Roland Fantom 6, 7 and 8


0:00 Intro
0:30 Overview
8:55 Connectivity
10:10 Sampling 2.0
17:45 Multisamples
22:25 Resampling
24:35 Sequencing
26:25 Microscope
26:55 Automation
28:05 Chains 2.0
30:20 Groups, song
32:15 FX: TFX, iMFX
34:30 Zones
35:40 Pad modes
37:15 Drum zoom...
37:40 Arp, chords
39:20 Pros, cons"

Update2: and the official press release:

"Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 2020 — Roland has announced the Version 2.0 update for owners of the FANTOM 6, 7, and 8 synthesizers. Leveraging the deep, expandable power of the ZEN-Core Synthesis System at the heart of the FANTOM series, this free, user-installable update delivers major enhancements to the sampling, sequencing, effects, and routing capabilities, while also providing new customization options for live performance and studio production.

Introduced in 2019, FANTOM is a next-generation creative hub where users can pull together all the sounds and inspiration around them into one music production environment. And the platform keeps growing and evolving, with new sounds, features, and refinements providing continuing value to owners. Building on the recent additions of multiple SuperNATURAL sound engines and a 32-band stereo vocoder, FANTOM takes another giant leap forward with Version 2.0, bringing more user-requested features and inspiring workflow improvements.

The FANTOM sampling engine gets a significant overhaul in Version 2.0. Users now have the ability to sample directly to the keyboard or build detailed multisamples, which can be edited on board and used as the basis of any oscillator/partial in a ZEN-Core tone. With up to 352 samples per tone and 16 tones in a Scene, the sound design potential is vast.

Version 2.0 also brings a TFX (total effects) processor to FANTOM’s master section, complementing the existing master compressor and EQ. The TFX processor introduces deep sound-shaping power with 90 different effects that can be applied to the master output. Numerous audio routing features have also been added, including the ability to apply effects to audio input sources and sample the results.

FANTOM features a color touchscreen interface, and the sequencing enhancements in Version 2.0 take even greater advantage of this powerful tool. Users can now draw and edit automation using multiple gestures, while the new microscope mode lets them fine-tune every note to perfection.

Each of FANTOM’s 16 zones can already be assigned to an internal sound or an external input like a software synthesizer. With Version 2.0, internal and external sources can now be layered or split within a zone to build huge sounds and intricate performance setups. It’s also possible to transpose each zone independently and save settings in Scenes for instant recall. And the Scene Chain function has been enhanced with a list view, where users can easily swap positions and use markers to quickly jump to different sections.

Version 2.0 also brings new ways for users to customize FANTOM, including modifying the touchscreen background to match their creative environment.

Developed from the ground up for modern players, FANTOM models offer exceptional playability and aftertouch support with Roland’s best keyboards ever, including the acclaimed PHA-50 on the 88-key FANTOM 8 and a semi-weighted action on the 76-key FANTOM 7 and 61-key FANTOM 6. In addition to the color touchscreen, there are plenty of knobs and sliders for intuitive and immediate control, plus a dedicated synthesizer section with oscillator, filter, and envelope controls.

Download the Fantom Version 2.0 firmware update here."

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